MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is best known for effectively ending collective bargaining for public workers and becoming the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election.
But now Walker's bid for re-election in a tight race may hinge on something he didn't do. Walker promised in 2010 that over four years the state would add 250,000 private sector jobs. More than three years into his term, Walker is falling far short of fulfilling the pledge. It's a major issue in the campaign where he faces likely Democratic nominee Mary Burke, a former bicycle company executive who is touting her business background as a credential. Although the post-recession recovery is adding jobs in the state, Wisconsin is lagging all but one of nine Midwest states in that category.